West Papua APPG

First Registered: 13/11/2015 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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To promote understanding of the situation in West Papua and the human rights of the West Papuan people.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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Recent Documents related to West Papua

1. TAPOL - written evidence
11/06/2019 - Inquiry: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Global media freedom - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: countries in the 2019 Global Press Freedom Index, West Papua as the most closed region to foreign media coverage[1]2

2. Gaps in tuberculosis care in West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea
28/10/2019 - Department for International Development
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Found: Gaps in tuberculosis care in West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea - GOV.UK

3. Stop arms sales to Indonesia until West Papua has a free Self Determination vote
17/09/2020 - Petitions

Found: should show its support for the growing calls for West Papua to be allowed the free and fair vote on self-determination

4. West Papua
13/11/2015 - APPGs

Found: understanding of the situation in West Papua and the human rights of the West Papuan people.

5. Change of British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea in August 2018
30/05/2018 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Change of British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea in August 2018 - GOV.UK

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to West Papua

1. West Papua: Human Rights
08/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered human rights in West Papua.It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link
2: illustrated in a video that went viral, which showed a West Papuan freedom fighter being tortured with a snake - Speech Link
3: of what is happening this very day in West Papua.West Papua is the western half of New Guinea, which - Speech Link

2. Women Human Rights Defenders
07/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: group on West Papua, I will highlight the role of women human rights defenders in West Papua. They are - Speech Link

3. West Papua
15/11/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: people of West Papua requesting that the United Nations carry out its 1962 commitment to let the West Papuan - Speech Link
2: people inside the country, 95.77% being indigenous West Papuans and 4.33% Indonesian transmigrants. The - Speech Link
3: a petition. As for the situation in Papua, particularly West Papua, the noble and right reverend Lord - Speech Link

4. Attacks on Journalists
14/05/2019 - Grand Committee

1: situations in Papua, Iran and China. Last week, here at Westminster, representatives of West Papua meeting - Speech Link
2: report at all, of which the most notorious is West Papua, where the press, like NGOs, are not allowed - Speech Link
3: interest. I visited the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua for seven successive years as an adviser - Speech Link

5. West Papua
21/02/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: basis. Our ambassador and his staff visit West Papua periodically, most recently last month. President Joko - Speech Link
2: increased since 2014, particularly the denial of the West Papuans’ right to freedom of expression. A particularly - Speech Link
3: reverend Lord has raised specific issues about West Papua. Throughout all these issues of concern on human - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to West Papua
1. West Papua: Humanitarian Aid
asked by: Patrick Grady
19/10/2020
... Caribbean and Pacific States on their call for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to be permitted access to West Papua by Indonesia to prepare an independent report into the humanitarian situation in the area.

2. Papua: Indonesia
asked by: Alex Sobel
04/11/2020
... Intan Jaya and Puncak Jaya.

3. Papua: Indonesia
asked by: Patrick Grady
19/10/2020
... Intan Jaya and Puncak Jaya.

4. Indonesia: Papua
asked by: Alex Sobel
11/02/2021
... what representations he has made to (a) his Indonesian counterpart and (b) the international community on the recent comments made by General Hendropriyono that two million West Papuans be transmigrated to Manado.

5. Papua: Demonstrations
asked by: Lord Lexden
07/10/2019
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protests and mass demonstrations in West Papua since 15 August.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Anneliese Dodds Portrait
Anneliese Dodds
Treasurer
Labour (Co-op) - Oxford East
Joined: 28th September 2017
Jeremy Corbyn Portrait
Jeremy Corbyn
Vice Chair
Independent - Islington North
Joined: 27th January 2021
Lord Lexden Portrait
Lord Lexden
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 27th January 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Harries of Pentregarth Portrait
Lord Harries of Pentregarth
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 13th November 2015
3 APPG Memberships
Dalits , Georgia , Religion in the Media
Alan Whitehead Portrait
Alan Whitehead
Vice Chair
Labour - Southampton, Test
Joined: 29th March 2017
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Alex Sobel MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 8295.

Email: alex.sobel.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Connor Woodman, International Parliamentarians for West Papua. Tel: 01865 403 202

Email: office@ipwp.org

No benefits in kind are on record for the West Papua APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the West Papua APPG

Former APPG Officers
Andrew Smith Portrait
Andrew Smith
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Former Member for Oxford East
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Deben Portrait
Lord Deben
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
1 APPG Membership
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